The Louisiana Legislature convened today and will consider more than 1,000 bills (811 House bills and 391 Senate bills) before they adjourn on June 6. Many of these bills concern Stand for Children Louisiana priorities in education and criminal justice reform. We will share more about our priority bills in the coming days, but first:
While the House Education Committee will not meet this week, the House Administration of Criminal Justice has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Two bills on the agenda that Stand will SUPPORT include --
- HB 162 by Rep. Marino which would provide for the elimination of expungement fees in very limited circumstances; and
- HB 460 by Rep. Brass to expand the purposes for which a parish governing authority may levy a tax relative to early childhood programs.
Other bills we will track include proposals for Education Savings Accounts for specified students, prohibiting corporal punishment in schools, attempts to weaken the state’s accountability system, adding Geometry as a required course for high school students in the career major program, improving access to dual enrollment courses, amendments to the current Learning Pods law, Clean Slate and expungement proposals, and bills impacting charter schools.
We will keep you updated on legislative activity throughout the session. All bills can be viewed at the legislative website legis.la.gov.
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